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Duchene Drawing A Comparison To Forsberg

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from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

The fact is, Duchene is already a very good player, and he’s only going to get better. He’s got those amazingly quick hands of a great offensive player, and you can’t get a good bead on him as a defensive player because he’s always shifting around, never staying in one place for more than a millisecond.

He’s a little bit Forsberg-esque (and I don’t make this comparison lightly) in the way he shields defenders while carrying the puck. He doesn’t have quite the brute strength of Foppa and he doesn’t hold on to the puck as long. But he is able to keep control of the puck on his stick in a way that compares favorably to Forsberg.

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Lawton Laughs At Lecavalier Rumor

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via Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,

The Ottawa Sun reported Sunday, citing an unnamed league source, that Rangers GM Glen Sather contacted Tampa Bay GM Brian Lawton in an effort to spark trade talks for Lecavalier, the Lightning captain who has a no-trade clause. 

That report, according to Lawton, is “completely false.” Lawton laughed and said he hasn’t even spoken to Sather in weeks.

“He hasn’t contacted me to inquire about that,” Lawton said. “That absolutely did not happen.”

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Is Kane Looking For A Fight?

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from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune,

Patrick Kane had a ringside seat on the Blackhawks’ bench as teammate Kris Versteeg threw haymaker after haymaker during a fight against Patrick Eaves in Sunday’s game against the Red Wings.

Earlier this month, Kane was a spectator as Jonathan Toews exchanged punches with the Blues’ David Backes at center ice. For Versteeg and Toews — neither of whom are exactly heavyweights — they were each the second fights of their NHL careers.

So when does Kane, roughly in their same weight class, drop the gloves for the first time?

“I’m wondering that too,” said Kane, in his third season.

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Kings Start Wearing The Kevlar Sock

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from Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider,

...I also talked to Kings head equipment manager Darren Granger and Terry Murray about the new socks, which the Kings have been wearing for approximately 10 days.

Question: How many players are wearing the new socks? Is it an optional thing for them?

GRANGER: “Obviously, it’s their decision about what they want to do. I think we have five right now. We had one player that was pretty exposed, where he was vulnerable to be cut, so he was sort of the reason it got started. That and, obviously, the injuries around the league. It’s been something that we’ve been trying to find for a couple years now, and now we’ve finally got a couple companies making them.”

Question: What does the sock do for them? It prevents them from being cut, right?

GRANGER: “The yellow part that you see is Kevlar, which is cut-resistant. Obviously if it’s punctured, like a stabbing motion, it’s going to go right through it. But what we’re trying to do is reduce the slashing of the skate, or like Cam Ward’s injury, where somebody slides into you, that type of thing….

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Record The Refs?

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from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

Best job in the country last week? Unquestionably, it had to be a Vancouver sports radio host.

Stephane Auger and Alain Vigneault (who was accused of putting Darcy Hordichuk and Alex Bolduc out to fight in a Jan. 13 game against Minnesota) were acquitted in separate incidents by the NHL, because there wasn’t enough evidence to convict.

There was no trouble filling airtime. For all the talk, however, there are still a lot of unanswered questions. For me, the biggest: How can the NHL make sure this doesn’t happen again?

The easy answer: Put microphones on the zebras and record all conversations.

This has been considered before.

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Evening Line

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“When you come into that team, you come into a situation where you’re no bigger than anyone else, and it’s all a concept of team, no matter how good you think you are. It’s a model franchise, and I think every team in their wishes would like to model themselves after that team.”

-Washington Coach Bruce Boudreau on the Detroit Red Wings.  More on the Wings/Capitals game tomorrow from Gene Wang of the Washington Post.

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Tough Being The Flyers Captain

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

I reached out Monday to three former Flyers captains, Bob Clarke, Eric Lindros and Keith Primeau, to get a sense of what it’s like to be team captain in Philadelphia, long known as a tough sports town.

“Things were a lot different when I was captain,” Clarke, now a senior vice president with the team, told ESPN.com. “In those days, if you played poorly, it was pointed out, but there wasn’t so much individual criticism and stuff like there is now.”

Primeau loved being captain in Philadelphia.

“I personally felt that I was able to thrive under it,” Primeau said. “I tried to wear my emotion and my heart of my sleeve.”

The Big E? He did chuckle when asked whether he had “fun” as Flyers captain.

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Afternoon Line

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“There will be a lot of discussion during the Olympic break, and you may have deals done on a handshake and wait to [make them official]. But you’ll probably see more concentrated on the back end.”

Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli discussing when will most of the trades be made.  Watch the video at NESN as Chiarelli discusses the trade scenarios.

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Wings Have Discovered What Jimmy Howard Can Do

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from Darren Eliot of Sports Illustrated,

For the first time in 15 years, the script is vastly different for the storied Detroit Red Wings. Instead of gradually gearing up for a Stanley Cup run, the Wings know the playoffs aren’t a certainty this time around. Beset by injuries, their depth has been taxed to the limit. In the past, injuries afforded the regulars some rest while the front office and the fans got a glimpse of prospects toiling in the AHL.

It is against this unusual but not unforeseen backdrop that the Red Wings are now operating. In their nightly scramble for precious points, they are finding out what they have and what they need. GM Ken Holland knows that he’ll clear plenty of cap space after the season. Coach Mike Babcock understood that this campaign wouldn’t be about 50-wins and another Central Division title. It was going to mean finding different ways each night to just get to the postseason.

What Detroit didn’t know was how much it could expect from goaltender Jimmy Howard.

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Stars Of The Week

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NEW YORK (January 18, 2010) – Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin, St. Louis Blues goaltender Chris Mason andMinnesota Wild left wing Guillaume Latendresse have been named the NHL ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Jan. 17.

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